Major in Ancient History

Prior to the Class of 2018

Requirements:

  • CLST 14 and CLST 17.
  • Three additional courses in ancient history selected from: CLST 11 's, CLST 15, CLST 18, and CLST 31.
  • CLST19.
  • Two Greek or Latin courses numbered 20 or higher.
  • Completion of Culminating Experience Requirement

Notes
The proposed changes: (I) reduce by one the number ofrequired language courses, (2) offer more flexibility in fulfilling the requirement to take a survey course on Greek history and a survey course on Roman history, (3) recognize the disappearance of CLST 29 (due to a renumbering of FSP courses that took place some years ago), (4) ensure that students take a course in archaeological methodology (CLST 6), and (5) recognize the existence of a changing constellation of relevant courses outside the bounds of ancient history courses. Furthermore, the status of CLST 11, Greek 30, Latin 22, 24,26,30 as topic courses that can be taken multiple times is not clear in the current description of the major. Finally, the current description of the Major in Ancient History leaves some ambiguities with respect to counting courses from the Department's FSPs toward the major.

Beginning with the Class of 2019

Requirements:

  • Two survey courses that establish a general knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman history: one selected from CLST 14-15 and one selected from CLST 17-18.
  • Three additional ancient history courses selected from all remaining relevant offerings: CLST 11, 14-15, 17-18, 31. CLST 11 is a topics course that can be taken more than once when different subjects are offered. Students are encouraged to explore modes of historical analysis with varied foci, e.g., gender, slavery, law, sports, regional histories.
  • CLST 19, to introduce students to advanced historical methodologies as well as to how research is designed and carried out.
  • CLST 6, to provide an overview of the chronology and geography of the Classical world and to introduce students to the methodologies of archaeology.
  • One course, to be chosen in consultation with the major advisor, that focuses on other methodologies useful to and employed by ancient historians. Such courses are offered by departments such as Anthropology, Classics, Comparative Literature, and History.
  • Two Greek or Latin courses numbered 10 or higher (excluding Greek 11 ). Greek 30, and Latin 22, 24, 26, 30 are topics courses that can be taken more than once when different subjects are offered. Completion of Culminating Experience Requirement.

Participation in either of the Department's two Foreign Study Programs will meet the requirements for two of the above courses, one under the heading of additional ancient history courses (CLST 31) and one under the heading of a course that focuses on other methodologies useful to and employed by practicing ancient historians (CLST 30). No more than two courses from any single Classics Foreign Study Program may count towards the major. (Three courses can be counted by participation in both the Greece and Rome FSP programs, two under the heading of additional ancient history courses and one under the heading of a course that focuses on other methodologies useful to and employed by practicing ancient historians.)